Multi-Level Classes Start October 1st


Photo by Guy Masson

Fluid arms, shimmying hips and slow undulations are a just a few of the captivating movements that make belly dance one of the most hypnotic and enduring dance forms in the world.  Join Kamini for a multi-level class that builds core strength, fluidity, and balance while developing muscle identification and isolations.  Cultivate body appreciation and acceptance while discovering a dance form with ancient roots.

Classes will focus on dance technique as well as developing and refining a vocabulary of belly dance movements.  Each class will include stretching, drills, and muscle specific conditioning exercises, while providing plenty of opportunities to practice dancing in a fun, supportive group atmosphere.  Adults of all ages and body types are welcomed and encouraged!

Belly dance originated as a folk dance and people of all ages participated.  Although the dance has evolved, the inclusive nature of it has remained.   You can start taking lessons at any point in your life and continue dancing as long as you have the desire to do so!  No previous experience is needed for this class.  Join us for and exciting journey of fun and fitness beginning October 1st at Gotta Dance!  Email Kamini if you have any questions at or visit

Multi-Level Belly Dance Class with Kamini Bijou
Learn isolations, explore belly dance movements, and develop new dance skills in a fun and supportive group environment.
Sundays, October 1st-29th
$50 for 5 classes (1month)
$15 drop in
5:00-6:00 PM @ Gotta Dance, 917 NE 8th St. Bend, OR 97701

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Browns Town Lounge Performance

Here’s a little video from my first performance at Brown’s Town Lounge in Salem. Thanks to the lovely ladies of Zephyr for putting together a great show. This was a really fun venue!

The start of Alia’s 90 day dance challenge

So I’ve been feeling a little lost in regards to what to work on next (and consistently) with my dance practice.  There are so many things I want to do, it’s been hard to pick one or two and focus, especially because some of these are LONG term projects, such as improving my zilling.  But Sahara, my awesome coach, sent this out today and it struck a cord with me: Committing to  20 minutes of improvisational dance each day for 90 days.  I can do that.  Plus, being the overachiever that I am, I’ll pick one layering thing to practice each week for an extra 10 minutes and practice zill patterns while dancing.  Each week I’ll post my plan here and report back at the end of the week.  Words of encouragement are always appreciated.  😉  So the plan for the next week is 20 minutes of improv with zills, and hip lifts/drops QT, HT and full time with chest squares and circles layered over them.  I hope you are feeling inspired in your dance.  Happy dancing!

Nagamani performs at Jamballah Northwest 2012.  Photo: Phoebus-Foto

Live Music is Magic

Dancing to music by Ritim Egzotik last weekend was such a treat! If you haven’t checked them out in Portland, you should. The bonus? They are usually playing for a bevy of beautiful belly dancers, as was the case last Sunday night at the Hawthorne Theater Lounge. Here’s a little video from my performance. I have not danced to live musicians regularly, but I hope that will change now that I’m living in Portland. It really changes the dynamic of my dancing and keeps me even more present in the moment. It’s magic, really.